Winner of the Ladislaus J. Bolchazy Pedagogy e-book Award, Classical organization of the center West and South’s (CAMWS).
a comic book masterpiece of classical antiquity, the Satyrica (or Satyricon) of Petronius is a tantalizing paintings of fiction—part poetry, half prose, hilariously vulgar, exquisitely stylish, its unique shape and size as a lot an issue of hypothesis because the identification of its writer. Its brilliance and enduring impact are, notwithstanding, past dispute. The romantic misadventures, extraordinary feasts, and ribald foibles of Encolpius (“crotch” in Greek) and his cohorts were eternally translated, copied, censored, and celebrated during the a while. In The Satyrica of Petronius, Beth Severy-Hoven makes the masterpiece, with its flights of language and imaginative and prescient of Roman tradition round the time of Nero, obtainable to a brand new iteration of scholars of Latin.
Following a desirable advent of the textual content, its background, its language, and its constitution, Severy-Hoven deals professional assistance for interpreting sections of the unconventional within the unique Latin. Readers are given the instruments to contemplate and examine the narrative constitution of the paintings, a major and uninterrupted first-person account by way of an unreliable narrator. Severy-Hoven additionally explores the contexts within which the textual content was once written—addressing the social and cultural global the unconventional inhabits and contains. eventually, she is helping readers to ascertain Petronius’ use of Latin, focusing such a lot particularly at the mixture of chic prose and verse and raunchy colloquial speech, a mix that provides colour to Petronius’ characters while he parodies various literary kinds and genres.
Intermediate readers of Latin will come across Roman existence, language, and literature during this paintings in methods instantly new and commonly used, and in kinds as pleasing as they're instructive.